Munich's split personality—one part brassy glamour, one part slick minimalism—is evident in its selection of hotels. Prices are often higher than in the rest of Germany, though a fraction of Paris or New York. In the city's two grande dame hotels, the Bayerischer Hof and the Kempinski Vier Jahreszeiten, you'll find luxury laid on thick, and shiny, late-1980s showiness. Don't go looking for "authentic" alternatives; in Germany, traditional hotels are often bare-bones, no-nonsense rooms and facilities stripped of all possible charm. The savvy choices are the smaller boutiques often hidden away on side streets right off the main boulevards.